*One time dramatic actor, turned legendary funny man, Leslie Nielsen died today according to his agent. He was 84.
His agent, John S. Kelly, told the Associated Press that Nielsen died Sunday at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he was being treated for pneumonia.
Leslie William Nielsen was a Canadian actor and comedian. Although his acting career crosses a variety of genres in both television and films, Nielsen has achieved his greatest successes in the comedy films Airplane! and The Naked Gun.
His portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious to (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gives him a reputation as a comedian.
Nielsen’s lead roles in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure came long before he considered a turn to comedy.
His deadpan delivery as a doctor in 1980’s Airplane! marked a turning point in Nielsen’s career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, “the Olivier of spoofs.” Nielsen appeared in over 100 films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters.
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